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today. the defense, which represents mr. zimmerman, the defense, after calling four days of witnesses they will start their closing arguments tomorrow. there will be time for rebuttal after that closing argument, then the jury will get the case and start to deliberate. today, the judge presiding in the case ruled that the jury will be allowed to consider two different charges, second degree murder or manslaughter, which is a lesser charge, when they deliberate. if convicted of the greater of the two charges, second degree murder, the maximum penalty for mr. zimmerman will be life in prison. if he is convicted of manslaughter, the maximum is 30 years in prison, and of course, if mr. zimmerman is found not guilty on either charge he will be free to go. but again, the timing on the trial, it has been focused on so much, the jury will get the case possibly tomorrow afternoon. now interestingly, it is not a jury of 12 people. it is a jury of six. and all six members of the jury are women. since they were picked the jury has been sequestered. in court, they have remained completely anonymou
murder trial? >> mr. zimmerman, have you made a decision on whether or not you want testify in this case? >> no, not at this time, no. >> reporter: later, she asked again. finally, he gave his answer. >> and what is your decision, sir? >> after consulting with counsel, not to testify. >> reporter: he didn't testify but it was the most he's spoken in court in the 21 days since this contentious trial began. with that the defense rested its case. seemingly confident it had established to the six-person, all-female jury that when he former neighborhood watchman shot and killed 17-year-old trayvon martin in february 2012, it was an act of self-defense. >> the jury has already heard him give his version of events, right? so it doesn't make a lot of sense for him to get on the stand, the jury won't hold it against him if he doesn't. >> reporter: in a dramatic day in court the prosecution presented a mannequin during the questioning of a defense witness law enforcement officer. >> were you aware that the defendant described to his best friend that when he slid down, the defense slid down, that t
. >> after consulting the counsel. >> mr. zimmerman not taking the >> mr. zimmerman not taking the stand. >> he will not testify. >> the defense in the george zimmerman trial may be ending its case. >> may we have an opportunity to speak, the case is not concluded. >> tempers flare. >> your objection is overruled. >> the attorney objected a couple of times to the court's only questions. >> you can't really object to the judge's only question. >> says zimmerman would have been at a physical disadvantage. >> and the comparison between the two individuals. >> he compared the physical fitness of the two men. >> compared the physical ability. >> that george zimmerman was no match for him.
of struggle right before mr. zimmerman killed martin. who was the aggressor. who's life was in danger. all playing to the key question,
. >> after consulting the counsel. >> mr. zimmerman not taking the stand. >> he will not testify. >> the defense in the george zimmerman trial may be ending its case. >> may we have an opportunity to speak, the case is not concluded. >> tempers flare. >> your objection is overruled. >> the attorney objected a couple of times to the court's only questions. >> you
to thank you on behalf of judge nelson, mr. zimmerman, co-counsel don west, the entire defense team. the interns who have just given their life to this case for the last year or so. the prosecution team. and without sounding, you know, over the top about it, sort of the citizens of seminole county because you've taken on a responsibility that few people have the opportunity to or the obligation to. and even more so than most 'cause you may not know this but most trials last a day or two. they don't last several weeks. and it is very few trials, very few where there is enough of a concern that we have to sequester the jury. so you guys have given not just your attention during the day but sort of your life for 24 hours a day even more so in effect than we have. i appreciate that on behalf of everybody we just spoke about. strange the way it happens that we have a system that's been ongoing for a couple hundred years and we intentionally bring in people who know as little as possible about the system and tell them to make the most important decisions within it. that's what we've asked
. she was the first person to interview mr. zimmerman after the shooting and now called by the defense. what i think is going to happen here, she will testify how tracey martin listened to the 911 tape and the screams and said he did not think it was his son. it is a fast- paced morning. each was either a friend of zimmerman or someone who worked with him and their testimony very consistent. each witness told the court they were confident in the scream identification and consowed they did not know what trayvon martin. >> the jury listened to the 911 tape. >> there is no doubt in my mind that it is george zimmerman. and i wish to god i didn't have that ability to understand that. >> you know whose voice that is in the background, screaming? >> that is georgy. >> how is it that you know that? >> i just hear it. i hear him screaming. >> trayvon martin had no weapon the night zimmerman shot and killed him as martin walked home to where he was staying with his dad. prosecutors must she spite or ill will or hatred and that's the other theme of the defense. each of the witnesses on the stand
of the current mayor, bob filner. we apologize for that. >>> a lot of news overnight. we turn to mr. ron claiborne. >> it's to the jury in the george zimmerman trial in florida. the jury deliberated for three hours after hearing closing arguments on friday. zimmerman was charged in the second-degree murder death of the shooting of trayvon martin. >>> and settlement in the works to bring an end to the penn state sex abuse scandal. they claimed they were abused as children by jerry sandusky. >>> and the remains of confessed boston strangler albert desalvo have been exhumed to solve a decades-old mystery. they believe the dna results will prove he killed the last strangler victim, mary sullivan. >>> what do you give to a baseball pitcher who has five world series rings and a lock for the hall of fame? how about this? his own plane. delta airlines unveiled a boeing 757 with his number, 42. only one in baseball. and his signature on it. >> he doesn't get to keep the plane. >> why not? >> he probably has a plane. >> he probably has his own already. >> he's a good guy. >> he's a great guy. go o
at the time mr. martin was shot. >> now, according to di maio, that's consistent with zimmerman act that martin was over him at the time of the shooting. >> if you lean over somebody, you would notice that the clothing tends to fall away from the chest. if instead you're lying on your back and somebody shoots you, the clothing is going to be against your chest. so that the fact that we know the clothing was 2 to 4 inches away is consistent with somebody leaning over leaning over the person doing the shooting. >> i don't know how it plays out in court, but i can tell you, i thought he was a pretty effective witness for the defense. what was your reading of the tea leaves? >> on style, he's an i-plus. he speaks in plain english, he's very understandable, completely different than that of dr. bao. i think he testified that lean's fl flo. >> and it stays a against him when he goes back. when you're wearing a completely hunched shoulders and in the scuffle the clothing bunched. really, what he established was -- 2 inches is not that much. it was 2 to 4 inches from trayvon. >> judge alex,
mr. martin was shot. >> now, according to di maio, that's consistent with zimmerman's account that martin was over him at the time of the shooting. >> if you lean over somebody, you would notice that the clothing tends to fall away from the chest. if instead you're lying on your back and somebody shoots you, the clothing is going to be against your chest. so that the fact that we know the clothing was 2 to 4 inches away is consistent with somebody leaning over leaning over the person doing the shooting. >> lisa, i don't know how it played in the courtroom, but i can tell you watching on television on msnbc, i thought he was a pretty effective witness for the defense. what was your reading of the tea leaves? >> on style, he is an a-plus. he speaks in plain english. he is very understandable. he is completely the opposite of dr. bao. but i have a lot more questions for him, because i think what he established is that trayvon martin's clothing was two to four inches away from his body. he was not asked every possible explanation, like these are baggy sweatshirts. when he demonstr
apologize for that. >>> a lot of news overnight. we turn to mr. ron claiborne. >> good morning, everyone. the jury is deliberating in the george zimmerman trial. zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old trayvon martin. >>> and settlements in the work that could bring an end to the penn state sex abuse scandal. tentative agreements have been reached with the men who claimed they were abused as children by former assistant coach, jerry sandusky. >>> and the remains of confessed boston strangler albert desalvo have been exhumed to solve a decades-old mystery. investigators will perform tests on those remains. they believe the dna results will prove he killed the last strangler victim, mary sullivan. >>> what do you give to a baseball pitcher who has five world series rings and is a lock for the hall of fame? how about this? your own plane. that's what new york yankees closer mariano rivera got on friday. delta airlines unveiled a boeing 757 with his number, 42. only one in baseball. and his signature on it. >> he doesn't get to keep the plane. >>
a story consistent with what george zimmerman says happened. >> mr. martin was over him, leaning forward, at the time he was shot. >> my head was on the cement. >> reporter: zimmerman told police, as they retraced the events on videotape, that martin repeatedly slammed his head into the concrete. in court tuesday, the jury again saw police evidence photos of zimmerman's head that night. >> what i'm saying is that you can get severe head trauma with actually without any marks on the head. >> reporter: zimmerman has said martin was covering his mouth during the struggle, but the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy says he found no blood on martin's hands. >> i put my hand over that, right? >> okay, yes. >> what do you expect my hand to have on it? >> blood. >> i got on top of him. >> reporter: another issue on tuesday. zimmerman told investigators he placed martin's arms out to his sides after the shooting. but according to police reports, martin's hands were under his body. dr. di maio testified, martin could have moved, even after he was shot through the heart. >> if i'm right now
, i asked mr. martin if the voice calling for help was that of his son. mr. martin, clearly emotionally impacted by the recording, quietly responded, no. george zimmerman's defense attorney, mark o'mara. >> i think cha tracy martin said wasp that's not my son's voice and i think that's information the jury needs to have. >> reporter: in court, the jury has listened to that tape repeatedly, as has tracy martin. whose voice is that? >> trayvon. >> reporter: trayvon martin's parents have not commented during the trial but did an extensive interview with nbc news a month before the trial began. >> i never said, no, that's not trayvon. but after going back to the mayor's office and having a chance to listen to the tape for at least -- i don't know how long. we just played it over and over and over again. i knew then that that was my son. >> reporter: in court, trayvon martin's mother and george zimmerman's mother came to different conclusions. >> ma'am, that screaming or yelling, you recognize that? >> yes. >> and who do you recognize that to be? >> trayvon benjamin martin. >> do
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